Publication Date November 3, 2017

Wine Country fires destroyed 8,889 structures

United States
Santa Rosa Assistant Fire Marshal Paul Lowenthal walks through his Oxford Court residence, one of thousands of structures that were destroyed in the Wine Country fires last month. Photo: Noah Berger, Special to the Chronicle

The seven wildfires that swept across Northern California last month destroyed 8,889 structures, officials for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Thursday.

The new preliminary total for the destruction was determined by teams sent to the fire areas to do an accounting of each structure that had been burned, said Scott McLean, a deputy fire chief at Cal Fire.


The Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa charred 36,807 acres, including the Coffey Park and Fountaingrove neighborhoods, and mobile home parks, and killed 22 people. 

The Nuns Fire incinerated 639 homes, 32 commercial buildings and 684 outbuildings — totaling 1,355 buildings throughout neighborhoods in Kenwood and Glen Ellen in Napa and Sonoma counties.

The blaze merged with several other fires, including the Partrick and Adobe, and killed two people while scorching 54,382 acres and damaging 172 structures.

Three homes and three outbuildings were wrecked in the Pocket Fire, which tore through 17,357 acres north of Geyserville in Sonoma County. One home and one outbuilding were damaged.

The Cascade Fire in Yuba County demolished 203 homes, one commercial site and 194 outbuildings for a total of 398 structures. The deadly fire burned 9,989 acres, damaged one home and one outbuilding, and killed four people.